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Genetics Nursing

News and practice for genetics nurse specialists

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Childhood coeliac disease: diagnostic pathways update Subscription Required

Amended coeliac disease guidelines mean some symptomatic children can now be diagnosed without having to have a biopsy of their small bowel.

Reversing type 2 diabetes with lifestyle change

Reversing type 2 diabetes with lifestyle change Subscription Required

Type 2 diabetes is associated with a range of serious complications, and accounts for significant costs to the NHS. Dietary and lifestyle change can reduce its impact.

Fractures occur commonly in infancy and childhood, but decrease after puberty

Assessing and managing osteogenesis imperfecta Subscription Required

Osteogenesis imperfecta - commonly known as brittle bone disease - is a rare inherited disease that can present as trauma fractures in babies and children.

Premature mortality in people with epilepsy

Premature mortality in people with epilepsy

A population study found that people with epilepsy had a substantially greater risk of premature mortality than the general population and unaffected siblings

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What do nurses need to know about genetics?

What do nurses need to know about genetics? Subscription Required

As genomic testing becomes embedded in mainstream medicine, health professionals need to understand the role of genetics in disease

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Newborn blood spot screening expanded to more conditions

All newborn babies in England will be offered screening for four additional rare genetic disorders from today, public health officials have announced.

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NHS trusts chosen to deliver ‘world-leading genomics project’

NHS England has announced 11 new centres across the country that it is hoped will lead the way in genetics research to transform the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and rare diseases.

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Nurses 'best at seeing person rather than patient', says top scientist

NHS England’s senior geneticist has suggested nurses are key to ensuring patients remain central to care, as genomic technologies become increasingly important in healthcare.

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HIV drug could also prevent AMD blindness, say researchers

A class of 30-year-old HIV drugs could in future be used to prevent a common cause of incurable blindness, scientists believe.

Research moves step closer to understanding biology of cancer

Scientists step closer to understanding cancer biology

The search for new cancer treatments has taken a significant step forward with a new insight into how cells multiply, scientists have announced. Archive

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'A responsibility comes with advising on soap opera stories'

'A responsibility comes with advising on soap opera stories' Subscription Required

With the lifetime risk of cancer being one in three, it is now becoming commonplace to see the condition woven into popular television dramas.

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Genetic counselling is a process whereby people are supported through genetic investigation or testing.

Genetics: Genetic counselling Subscription Required

Genetic counselling is a process whereby people are supported through genetic investigation or testing.

It is unclear whether a similar effect would occur in humans

Can plucking hairs stimulate new hair growth?

“Plucking hairs ‘can make more grow’,” BBC News reports, while the Daily Mail went as far as saying scientists have found “a cure for baldness”. But before you all reach for your tweezers, this discovery was made in mice, not humans.

Statins could be targeted to the highest-risk individuals

Gene testing could find those who would benefit most from statins

“Patients with the highest genetic risk of suffering a heart attack benefit the most from cholesterol-lowering statin drugs,” The Guardian reports.

Some types of leukaemia take decades to form

Healthy older adults carry leukaemia mutations

BBC News reports that, according to researchers, “It is ‘almost inevitable’ that your blood will take the first steps towards leukaemia as you age”.


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